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Posted in: Private-sector advisers to Abe call for massive economic stimulus measures See in context

I "like" how these articles call these people advisers instead lobbyists or oligarch representatives, which are closer to the truth in reality.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 68 new coronavirus cases; 27 at Taito Ward hospital See in context

So now that the virus accelerates, let's all get crammed into those jam-packed trains. Logical, isn't it.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context


If people don't stay at home the infections will accelerate. The problem is not that 80% survives with mild symptoms. The problem is that 20% of 120 million people are still 24,000,000. So tell me how will you treat that many people with not so mild symptoms??? (Of course the real numbers will be much much lower, I am ware of that, but a magnitude smaller number of people will still flood the healthcare system) I wouldn't be happy to hear about my relatives dying in intensive care in horror alone, connected to a ventilator.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context

And that's one city only. I wouldn't be surprised to see the number of cases rising in other cities too.

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Posted in: Panic buying continues in Tokyo as residents asked to stay home for weekend See in context

And let me guess, the infection counter will stop this weekend again. Because we all know that this a very polite virus. It doesn't infect anyone on weekends out of courtesy.

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Posted in: Postponing the Olympics: Here are some of the challenges See in context

shoehorning an Olympics into what is already a packed sporting calendar in 2021

That by itself is an indicator that the Olympics is not needed at all after all. Why hold the Olympics on top of so many other sport events?

And by the way, all the above headache could have been long resolved decades ago if the IOC wouldn't so stubbornly insist on sticking to this idea of a traveling circus around the world. There could be one host city in the world and be done with it. If sports is of the utmost importance for the IOC then that shouldn't be a problem.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020 See in context


 It seems unfair to leave Japanese taxpayers bearing the entire cost for such an unexpected and costly rescheduling of an international event.

Would you propose to share the profit with the participating countries' taxpayers too when the olympics eventually takes place?

Also if Japanese taxpayers don't like the costs of the olympics they could have chosen to refuse hosting the olympics by holding a referendum as other countries (Germany, Hungary) did. Or could have also negotiated better terms with the IOC which they also failed to do.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020 See in context

As of Sunday, Japan had 1,719 confirmed cases of the virus, including 712 from a cruise ship, with 43 deaths.

2 days ago the number of confirmed cases were 1,728 reported on this very same site... So now the media doesn't even give a damn to cover up the government's deceptive actions? They just simply lie in our face and call it a day or what?

And even if the earlier count was different because of some calculation error, does anybody seriously believe that the number of cases has not grown during the weekend? There are reports of new suspected clusters in Japan each day... SMH

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Posted in: No. of coronavirus infections in Japan passes 1,000 See in context

The death rate is pretty much the same as other countries around 4%. Also the Japanese government could clearly confirm the virulence by closely watching the cases rapidly rising on the ship. And still, here we are watching as the government allows schools and amusement parks to reopen... It boggles the mind.

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Posted in: Stocks surge on new virus measures; Dow up 1,985 points See in context

"I don't know" "maybe" "perhaps" "might as well" and "dead cat bounce"

That is some fine insight into the sophistication of these pundit's expertise.

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Posted in: Parents get 13 years for letting 33-year-old schizophrenic daughter freeze to death See in context

The lack of proper social services for the mentally ill (or the inefficiency thereof) and the absolute incompetence of the services in other cases (childcare, etc) in this country is boggling the mind.


Time to start comparing Japan to some dark countries

I agree. I have always thought since I arrived to this country that in many regards this place resembles a regime more than a functional democracy. The culture and the social norms are especially hair-raising if you come from a socially sensitive country from Western Europe for example.

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Posted in: Gov't, TEPCO ordered to compensate Fukushima evacuees to Hokkaido See in context


I stand corrected. You are right. The 50000 people are the currently displaced, and your number is correct.

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Posted in: Gov't, TEPCO ordered to compensate Fukushima evacuees to Hokkaido See in context


That's what I was thinking too. The justice system is a joke in Japan. Also 50000 people are dead or missing and hundreds of thousands were forced out of their homes and only 30 cases brought to the court? Japanese people really have to learn to stand up for themselves.

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Posted in: Coronavirus crisis taking its toll on Japan's tourist industry See in context

a boon for an economy already on the brink of recession

Can someone tell me how is an economy of a shrinking population is NOT supposed to be in recession??? Especially considering that twenty years from now there will be at least 15 million less Japanese?! I don't find Japan a productive country at all. Diligent yes, of course, productive not so much compared to other highly developed countries.

If the government's goal is to stop the recession than they should give up IMO.

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Posted in: 46-year-old man arrested on suspicion of stabbing mother to death See in context

Domestic violence in Japan is ugly and common these days and the elderly are very frequently targeted. That's not a rosy picture in a nation where every 3rd person is aged 65 or older.

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Posted in: 33 dead, 19 missing, over 100 injured after typhoon rips through Japan See in context

But a 77-year-old woman in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, died as rescuers of the Tokyo Fire Department, trying to save her by helicopter, dropped her to the ground from an altitude of about 40 meters as they failed to attach a hanger to the harness that she was in, it said.

This is really gross. I feel extremely sad for this poor woman. Just imagine the terror when you feel grateful and relieved and then they drop you and you are falling to your death. :( I can't even find the words for that. :( I think first responders should be better prepared next time.

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Posted in: Mori Building announces massive urban regeneration project in central Tokyo See in context

will all be linked through a membership program

So this will be a walled garden it seems

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Posted in: TEPCO toughens stance toward nuclear disaster damages settlement See in context

out-of-court compensation settlements could force those affected to resort to lengthy and costly legal actions

How can that be longer? Lenghtier than 8 years?????? Like how is that even possible?

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Posted in: Man indicted over umbrella assault that left victim without sight in one eye See in context

It's anecdotal I admit but it happens to me every day in Tokyo that Japanese people cut in in front of me all the time around train stations and other crowded, busy places. Foreigners (who look non Asian I mean) don't do that at all to me. Japanese people just have this nasty habit to be a jerk in every possible way on the street. And even my Japanese friends tend to complain about the Japanese walking habit. I wonder how is it in other Japanese cities?

I guess two of these jerks met each other accidentally and they got into an argument.

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Posted in: Woman fatally stabs mother-in-law, injures husband See in context

@Reckless This might be a long shot, but what do you expect really? Or your ex boss? Women in Japan basically vanish from a legal point of view (戸籍法) from their parents' side of the family right at the moment when they sign the papers and file it in the office. From that point of time a woman is basically at the mercy of her new family. I find this very cruel and I think that's enough basis for any kind of anger or frustration to build up. Especially when her new husband comes home with the "great news" that he decided to study in the US on a whim.

I am not saying that women are immaculate in these situations though either. My experience with Japanese women is that many of them are very childish and immature in relationships and they have real difficulties to express their emotions compared with their European counterparts.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the fact that women are also supposed to abandon their family name when they marry. And I am not even a woman and I can still understand why this matters. This archaic system (not only the legal system) makes too many family members suffer.

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Posted in: Wages fall for a fifth straight month in Japan See in context

That's Abenomics for you. Falling wages, limited labor rights plus tax hike for the taxpayers, rising business revenue for the rich.

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Posted in: U.S. pressuring G20 allies on climate change language: French official See in context

Let me get this straight:

Washington is opposed to any endorsement

(...of a deal that it has already signed before). Tells a lot about the American attitude.

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Posted in: Newborn baby’s body found in grass near river in Tokyo See in context

These kind of news are tragic. But the tragedy is not only a personal one. These news are basically showing the true state of society. And the picture it paints is very dark.

Why wasn't there anyone to help around this woman? And I am not only talking about family members. People these days live extremely isolated lives. This is even more amplified in Tokyo where people simply ram through each other. Wasn't there a single social worker or class mate or co-worker either? Or people were just simply ignoring this woman? We will never know. But I wouldn't immediately blame this person for making a bad decision. If she didn't know what to do, that's not necessarily her own fault.

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Posted in: New law states gov't responsible for teaching Japanese to foreigners See in context


Japanese cities are pretty consistent about providing free or very affordable Japanese lessons through city hall

Well I checked it in Musashino and it's not free, it's once a week and it's in the middle of the day. (And I had the same experience when I lived in Saitama, Setagaya and Tsukiji too). So as others have pointed out, most of the time local governments and the central government merely pay lip-service.

What working person has the time to go to a Japanese class in the middle of the day anyway??? Maybe some stay-home mothers can benefit from this. Or the pensioners. But for the rest of 99% that is not helpful in any way.

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Posted in: Pile-up involving kindergarten bus, truck, cars, moped leaves 2 dead in Kumamoto See in context

@Vince Black

Glad no kids were hurt

Not that I don't agree with what you said about elderly drivers but kids were apparently hurt.

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Posted in: Voting under way in local, by-elections See in context

Those trucks with the loudspeakers are obnoxious. I wish there was a law that candidates can only blast the speakers in front of THEIR house.

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Posted in: As time catches up with rock's greats, can the genre survive? See in context

Rock is dead

Yeah sure. You forgot to tell it to Adam Levine.

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Posted in: New recruits mark 1st day at work across Japan as fiscal 2019 begins See in context

It's rare to see someone who put his mind and effort into something to fail, cases such as yours are rather common

It seems you are in conflict with yourself. At least what you say doesn't really make sense. You let your emotions control you.

And just because you were indoctrinated in neoliberal ideology, some people might think differently and might argue that all you say is wishful thinking mostly.

It's especially true here in Japan that no matter how many hours of dedicated work and commitment will you put in, it will still not please some managers eventually. After all we talk about the land of the karoshi.

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Posted in: Japan slowly buying into cashless future despite widespread misgivings See in context

All EU countries still use checks. Brother in Italy with a checking account. Brother in London with checking account.

I think you are confused about what checking account means. Usually you don't need checks to use a checking account at all. In fact most EU countries where you can have a checking account will only allow accessing your funds via ATMs or electronic debits.

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Posted in: Apple's iPhone struggles unravel ambitions of Japan Display See in context

It's absolutely ridiculous how Japanese executive "management" in the industrial sector has been doing business in the last decade or so.

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